New Mazda3 Will Experience 9,300 Mile Test Drive

Mazda believes its new Mazda3 is too impressive for a standard test drive. Instead, the company is sending eight of the compact hatchbacks on a test drive that spans more than 9,3000 miles and travels from its factory in Hiroshima to the 2013 International Motor Show, which takes place in Frankfurt, Germany.

Mazda has dubbed this special test drive the "Mazda Route3-Hiroshima to Frankfurt Challenger Tour 2013," and it's undeniably an incredible route. It spans two continents and five countries, traveling from Russia to cross Belarus and Poland. The vehicles will also cross nine time zones.

The Mazda3 models will be driven by a number of people, including Mazda dealers, journalists, and prominent bloggers, and they'll arrive on September 7, 2013, three days before the auto show begins. Mazda fans will be able to track the vehicles' journeys via a special website (, which will feature images, videos, and written journal entries.

The event will mark the third time that Mazda vehicles have taken part in an extreme test drive like this. Two other similar events occurred in 1977 and 1990. The first time, two Mazda 323 models were driven from Japan to Frankfurt, and the second time, for Mazda 626 models crossed the former Soviet Union.

Be sure to stay tuned here and with the previously listed website to learn more about the epic test drives. In the meantime, why not drop by and test drive the new Mazda3 for yourself? Swing by McDonald Mazda, located in Littleton, Colorado, today.

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